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Sharing is caring! 107 shares Share Tweet Pin Looking for an easy paper plate craft to do with your kids? This paper plate seahorse kid craft is an easy craft to add to your ocean preschool activities! There are so many great ocean books for preschoolers that you can pair with this paper plate craft!
These fun printable animal pattern matching 2-piece puzzles are sure to be loved by your kids! These simple problem solving puzzles are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. With this printable packet, little learners will match pieces of a close up, real life photo of the animal’s skin to a clip art picture of the
Make an easy and fun dinosaur craft with your kid! Your preschooler will have a blast exploring painting techniques while making their favorite dinosaurs! Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft for Preschoolers We use affiliate links on site to help you easily find the items we recommend. Supplies Needed: Paper plate Blue, green, and yellow acrylic paint
If your children love animals, these zoo playdough mats are a great activity for them. They promote a number of learning concepts necessary for pre-k and kindergarten. There are so many ways to play while learning with this bundle, your students will NEVER get bored! Our zoo playdough mats work as the perfect supplement for
Looking for a way to teach your preschoolers about animal habitats? These animal habitat clip cards are a great way to help your students explore different animals and their natural habitats. How Do You Explain Habitat to Preschoolers? A habitat is the environment that the animal lives in. Each animal has a specific type of
Looking for a STEM activity that can be done with your kids at home or in the classroom? These printable Zoo STEM Challenge Cards are perfect! Each card features a different zoo-themed challenge, along with space to plan and record your build. What Are STEM Activities? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Welcome to the Unplugged Coding Zoo! In this unplugged coding game, kids will mix animal brain breaks with block code concepts to create fun and educational block code pathways for them to act out while executing their code! Zoo Animal Block Code Pathways Printable This unplugged coding activity uses paper squares to represent code blocks.
Getting preschoolers ready for a fun field trip to the zoo? You can start the excitement while still in the classroom! There are many zoo books you can read before the trip that teaches students about zookeepers, animals, and their habitats while exploring how the planet provides what humans and animals need to survive. What
Do your kids love play dough? Mine sure do! We have a lot of fun making different shapes and letters with it. Today, I’m excited to share these alphabet playdough mats with you! These are perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners who are just learning their ABCs. Play Dough is one of those sensory materials that
Do you have little ones who love playdough? If so, we’ve got the perfect printable play dough mats for them! These mats are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, pre-k aged kids, and kindergarteners. They are a great way to practice counting, letter recognition, and more. Plus, they are just plain fun! To use these playdough mats,
Need a fun activity to introduce shapes to your little learner? These 2D shape mats make learning fun by incorporating playdough into the lesson. Toddlers and preschoolers won’t know they are actually learning basic math concepts and using fine motor muscles with these! These shape mats are also a great addition to math centers for
This rainbow paper plate craft is so much fun and it’s a great April art project for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s really easy to make and the results are just beautiful. Below you will find step by step instructions to make your own paper plate rainbow! Items Needed for the Paper Plate Rainbow
Have a little one that loves dinosaurs? These dinosaur playdough task cards support their love of the creatures while also fostering a number of developmental skills. Use them at home as a fun educational opportunity or include them in a science or literacy center in your classroom. Dinosaur Play Dough Challenge Cards for Kids These
Are you looking for a fun and educational way to help your kid learn their letters? If so, you’ll love our alphabet Lego letters printable mats and flashcards! Your child will have a blast creating the letters using building blocks. Plus, they’ll be developing their alphabet knowledge through practicing the ability to recognize, form, and
If you’re a parent who’s been looking for a fun way to help your child learn their alphabet, you’ll love these printable Alphabet Road Letters. This activity is perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to fit your child. These mats are fantastic for working on letter recognition, letter formation, and fine
These printable human body playdough mats are a wonderful learning tool in teaching body systems as well as the different organs our bodies have to work properly! Human Body Systems for Kids This science activity is a helpful introduction to learning the various human body systems to preschoolers and kindergartners. It’s okay if they don’t
Play dough number mats are a great tool for parents and teachers to use with young children. They may be some of the first math games you do with your children. They will get them excited for learning numbers and many early math concepts. What is a Number Mat? A number mat helps introduce math
Geoboards are one of the most versatile tools in a homeschool mom or teacher’s toolkit. They can be used to teach geometry, arithmetic, and even literacy concepts all while strengthening a child’s fine motor skills. And geoboard patterns and activities are not just for educators! Parents can use geoboards to help kids learn basic math
Reading is a habit that is hard to start, but once it starts, the benefits are well worth it. It’s not just about developing good reading skills – reading will help you in all areas of your life. The more time your child spends reading, the better off they will be academically. Reading can also
We are pretty in love with I-Spy games here. This Adapted I Spy Shapes Book is a fantastic and fun way to work on so many different skills. This past week I have gotten quite a few emails asking for easier versions of some of our I-Spy games to help kids that struggle with visual discrimination
Dinosaur books for kids have always been popular, but these days there are more options than ever. We’ve taken a look at the books out there and come up with the best available options. From educational to hilarious, the books on this list are great choices for kids who can’t get enough of dinosaurs.
Do you want to get kids excited about yoga? Have your dinosaur-loving child join the dinosaur tribe with these simple printable packet is filled with fun Dinosaur Yoga Poses for Kids! Dinosaur Yoga is a fun and engaging way for kids to work on important physical developmental skills like balance, coordination, motor planning and proprioception
Print and play with these simple Alphabet Pattern Block Letters. These are fantastic task cards for early learners that work on letter formation, beginning sounds, and shape recognition. Alphabet Pattern Block Letter Task Cards We have had so much fun with these pattern block letters. This packet includes both full color print and B&W pages.
Geoboards are a fantastic tool for strengthening fine motor muscles while exposing young children to beginning geometry skills. Little learners will love the hands on learning they get with these construction tools geoboard mats! Construction Geoboard Printables One of my favorite things about geoboard patterns is that they are a low prep activity that require
Kick off the back to school season with these beautiful and fun Back to School books for kids. This list of kid books is perfect for pre-k and kindergarten aged kids. Each book on this list tackles an important topic from the way we feel, the way we behave, and the way we treat others.
Have a child who loves bears? This list of nonfiction and fiction bear books for kids is filled with fun titles that cover everything from learning about bears to discussing important early life skills such as the importance of bathing and how to not be a sore looser! This list is perfect to fill your
These Homemade Santa Hat Popsicle Stick Ornaments are easy to make and fun to hang up. Your kids will love seeing their DIY ornaments on the Christmas Tree! Before kids, every single year I would decorate our Christmas tree top to bottom with beautiful glass ornaments. Four kids and many holidays later, not many of
This acorn paper plate craft for preschoolers is a simple fun fall activity for kids! We made this craft after reading the book about making friends! This week we have been exploring friendship and the emotions we may feel when we meet new friends. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt is a fantastic
This Color Matching Turkey Paper Plate Craft incorporates color matching and sorting with a fine motor element. This turkey paper plate is a Thanksgiving activity your little ones will love! Lately my preschooler has been all about paper plate crafts after story time. Our fridge is covered in his creations! Simple crafts such as this
Explore chemical reactions in this fun Witches Brew Science Experiment! Kids will have a blast creating their own potions while learning how to compare and contrast the reactions of different materials. This witches brew science experiment can easily be a fun stand alone sensory activity that can very easily be adapted into a science experiment.
Right now my kids are all about everything and anything fire trucks. Below you will find find firefighter and fire truck books that we have discovered over the last couple of weeks. With October being Fire Prevention Month, now is the perfect time to pick up some books about firefighters and fire trucks! Fire Truck
My rambunctious three year old and curious six year old are all about everything fire trucks right now. The other day after visiting the fire station we headed home and had fun with this Fire Safety Printable I Spy Game! October is fire prevention month. Fire safety is an important topic to discuss with young
Encourage kids to learn about the parts of a sunflower with this simple and engaging Investigating Sunflowers Fine Motor Tray! Every year without fail we plant a garden that the kids help with from start to finish. This year my rambunctious toddler was all to eager to help. As the garden began to grow we
Fall is creeping up on us which means apple season is almost here! Today we are sharing ten fun apple books for kids that are perfect for an apple themed unit! Ten Awesome Apple Books for Kids We use affiliate links on site to help you easily find the books we recommend. Ten Red Apples
It’s back to school time! Today we are sharing a fun Popsicle Stick Apple Core Craft for Kids with a fun twist! Before digging into this apple craft, we read the book Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins which is a fun math book for exploring counting to ten. In this book, the farmer has
I Spy with my little eye shapes! My kids love I Spy Games. Today we are sharing a fun I Spy Shapes printable game. Teaching a child about shapes is important for more than just the obvious reasons. Shape knowledge helps children gain a stronger foundation in the following areas: Literacy: When a child has
Explore chemical reactions in this Hatching Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs Sensory Science Bin! My kids love everything fizzy! It doesn’t matter how many times we do a fizzy science experiment or make bath bombs, they find it absolutely magical! In the past we have made exploding dinosaur mud which was a lot of fun, but for
We absolutely love I Spy games around here. This week we made a fun Outer Space I Spy Game for Kids. My kids had a blast playing this game – we hope your’s will too! Outer Space I Spy Printable Game for Kids I Spy Games are a fantastic way to work on a variety
Summer is coming to an end and kids are gearing up to head back to school. With only a couple more days before my kids head off to another busy year, we are getting outside to make the most of the sun while it’s here…we gotta soak it up while we can because winter is
Do you have a budding paleontologist in your home or classroom? I know my son can name more dinosaurs that I could ever imagine existed. It blows my mind to listen to him talk about all the different species of dinosaurs. He has always been fascinated with everything dinosaur, so as we worked our way
Shark week – my kids love it! This last week during Shark Week we made this super cute and easy shark craft. Every now and then the argument of product vs. process art comes up, and this shark craft is a great example of how a child can still learn while creating a product piece.
My youngest is absolutely dinosaur crazy right now! These fun Cardboard Dinosaur Crafts are a great way to build dinosaurs for pretend play! My son had an absolute blast making these cardboard dinosaurs. I think his favorite was exploring how to make a cardboard t-rex. It was absolutely amazing to watch his mind go to
Cool down from the heat with this fun science sensory bin! Kids will have a blast exploring the different ways to melt ice as they rescue ocean animals in this frozen ocean sensory bin! Frozen Animal Rescue Kids Activity Supplies Needed: Plastic Art Tray or Shallow Bin Water Beads Balloons Small Plastic Ocean Animals Seashells
Explore the depths of the ocean with these fun Ocean Layers Sensory Bottles. This is a fantastic sensory/science activity that your child is sure to love! How to Make These Ocean Zones Sensory Bottles Supplies Needed: Plastic Bottles (we love these ones) Shades of Blue Card-stock or Construction Paper Glue-stick Scissors Water Blue Food Coloring
Help kids explore the importance of ocean pollution with this clean up sensory science activity! Ocean Pollution Science Activity for Kids Supplies: Printable Ocean Pollution Science Packet Sensory Table or Large Plastic Bin/Tub Water Plastic Ocean Animals (we used these ones) Seashells Plastic Toy Boat Cocoa Powder Vegetable Oil Plastic Bags Coffee Grounds Sponge Cotton
Create a fun keepsake to go along with your Ocean or Beaches Unit by creating this Clown Fish Handprint Craft with your kids! How to Make a Clown Fish Hand Print Craft with Kids Supplies Needed: Canvas Paint Brushes Paint Black Permanent Marker Directions: 1. Paint your child’s hand with orange and white paint. 2. Help your
Encourage kids to explore different fruits with this fun Fruit I Spy Printable Worksheet Packet. Lately we have been on a bit of an I Spy kick, and this I Spy printable is one of many within the series! Earlier this week my kids were discussing whether a tomato was a fruit or a vegetable.
This color changing playdough recipe is super easy to make and one that your kids will love! With math, science, and sensory all wrapped up into one activity you have to try making this thermochromic playdough at home! Play dough is one of our favorite sensory materials to make at home. It’s quick to make,
My girls LOVE everything emojis…and unicorns…and rainbow poop… Whoever thought rainbow poop would be trendy? 🙄 Today’s Emoji I Spy Game was inspired by their love of all things emoji – and yes it even includes the poop emoji! 🤣 Emoji I Spy Printable Game In this printable I Spy packet, kids are encouraged to
What’s your little one’s favorite dinosaur? If they love looking through all the different kinds, they’re going to love this Dinosaurs I Spy! It’s created just for your little dinosaur fan. They’ll love playing it over and over again while they learn. The I spy games are a huge hit around our house ever since
Make the most out of your child’s time online with these Free Science Websites for Kids. This insanely massive list of fun learning science websites includes sites for a wide range of ages, from preschool and up. The majority of these though are best suited for elementary aged students. Each one of the sites listed
Shape Books for Young Readers Every single time I bring up math I am 100% sure that I hear an audible groan from my kids. And I get it, math is a tough subject. Using picture books is a fantastic way to overcome some of those obstacles associated with learning math concepts. Because y’all math
Every February the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsor’s National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness and education on oral health. Since this month is dental health month, this week we have been exploring taking care of our teeth and dental hygiene for kids with this fun “How to Brush Your Teeth” Slime Activity! This
Explore the book Mix It Up hands on with your young child through this simple Q-Tip Painting activity that encourages fine motor development, listening skills, and color theory exploration. Earlier this week we decided to try a new challenge for our family – make it to the library at least once a week. In the
When your child was born, did you think they’d grow up to be an astronaut? Or maybe a ballerina? Did you picture a football star bringing home the big trophy or maybe a firefighter saving the day. But what about kind? I mean, of course you will raise your kid to be kind, right? But
Is your child working on learning their name? We have been working on name recognition now for a little over a year and this Ice-Cream Scoops Name Game Printable has been one of our favorite games for learning this skill! Earlier this month we were sent the Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart from LeapFrog
One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions with my kids is making a Thankful Turkey hat every year before dinner. It is such a fun way to spend some time reflecting on our year while bonding over a simple craft! Usually, we pull out the construction paper, scissors, crayons, and glue and just go to town
With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to get kids into fun activities for the holiday. They’re going to love this Thanksgiving I Spy Printable! Whether you are traveling for the holidays or staying home with family, this free game of I-Spy will be perfect for entertaining your child. I-Spy games are currently my daughter’s favorite and
This month we have been working on helping my son with his fine motor skills and alphabet knowledge. I made these simple ABC Flashcards for him to do while his older sister did her homework. I was happily surprised at just how well they went over. Typically Mr. Q throws a fit anytime handwriting comes
Over the years we have been working with my son on his articulation delay. For our family, this is one of our most frustrating challenges because we don’t have any answers as to why he has a speech delay. It’s hard to see your child struggle and not know the underlying cause. While I am
Anxiety is one of the biggest day-to-day challenges that my Autistic daughter faces. It’s one of those dark sides of Autism that many Autistic people struggle with. From coping with change to sensory needs to difficulty understanding emotions and black and white thinking, anxiety likes to creep in and roar…loudly. This list of 15
This year has been all about working on mindfulness for my child with Anxiety. Helping her develop coping skills before an anxiety attack has been huge for helping our daily activities run smoothly. These 15 Mindfulness and Relaxation Books for Kids are some of our favorites that we have discovered while on this journey.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Toys“R“Us . All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is almost here and I honestly, can’t believe this year has gone by so quick! If your kids are anything like mine, they love anything to do with Santa. Crafts, activities, recipes, you name it. Christmas
With Christmas on its way, you’re trying to decide what to buy your little engineer. I’ve got the perfect list of building and construction toys! These toys are sure to satisfy your little builder for hours on end! Everything from simple blocks to complex marble runs have been included below. I can’t wait to show
These days, more and more people are turning to DIY projects for their seasonal décor. Who can blame them? When you take the “DIY route,” you have ultimate control. You decide on what colors to use, what supplies you’ll need, how much you want to spend, etc. Of course, your kids will want to get
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and it’s a time to enjoy food and give thanks. It’s also a time to read these great Thanksgiving books for kids! Fun Thanksgiving Books for Kids We use affiliate links on site to help you easily find the books we recommend. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean click
Needing a simple afternoon activity to do with your kids? Then you need to give these Leaf Prints a try! My kids had a blast going on a nature hunt and then getting messy with this simple process art activity! The girls and I have been taking advantage of the recent beautiful weather to play
With Christmas quickly approaching, you may be starting to think about gifts. I have a list of Montessori toys your little one will love! All of these gifts are available for purchase on Amazon which means you can beat out the crazy store crowds! And if you are a Prime member you can snag free
All of childhood is an extended lesson in the art of self-expression. From a baby’s first word through toddlers’ simple phrases to high school SAT vocabulary lessons, a huge portion of your child’s life is spent learning to speak and write.
Using playdough to spell is a great way to help your child gain a deeper understanding of the way words work through hands-on explorations, sorting words, and identifying patterns. Not only Play Dough Spelling a fun activity that your kids will love, it will also take learning and their ability to retain what they are
Have your kids been bitten by the Pokémon craze yet? Mine sure have! This simple Poké Ball Paper Plate Craft is a fun activity to get kids creatively working on their fine motor skills while tapping into that love of Pokémon. My kids had too much fun with this and were super proud of the
This post was sponsored on behalf of Zenni Optical via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing, my daughter always has her nose in a book. My son, on the other hand, can at times be too busy to sit down and read.
This Exploding Lava Science Bottle is a quick and easy kitchen science experiment that kids will love. If you are looking for a quick boredom buster to do with items you already have around your house then you gotta give this a try! Before doing this science experiment, know that it is messy! The exploding
Hi Friends! Katie here from @afriendlyaffair and I am so excited to dive into this wonderful new book from Kids Can Press! The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert and Guridi is due out September 6, and you need to be ready by the door on release day. It is a precious, honest,
Do you have forgetful kids? You know the type – I forgot my homework…my backpack…my permission slip… “I forgot”. As a mom, I hate this phrase. It’s currently one of my daughter’s favorite things to say and it drives me insane. So when The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter showed up
Want to explore sensory play with your kids but not quite sure about the mess? Then this Alphabet Beads Soap Foam Sensory Bin is for you! Quick and simple to make and extremely easy to clean up, soap foam is definitely one of our favs! Earlier this month my kiddos got some Alphabet Beads off
This Edible ABC Slime was definitely a happy accident. I have been wanting to make edible slime for quite some time but have had poor luck with the other methods out there that I have found. We tried Chia Slime and well…that molded overnight. Then we tried Phylum Slime and it never quite reached the
Lately, we have been exploring all these fun ABC play ideas and it has just been killing Little Man. For some of the activities he has been able to play along, but for some, he just isn’t quite old enough for yet. With Mr. Roo still putting everything he can get his hands on into
Lately, my kids have been very interested in Geocaching. To be honest, when they approached me about this I was extremely skeptical about whether or not this was an appropriate activity that my kids would enjoy. After some research and our first adventure, we are in love! Geocaching with kids is like the ultimate treasure
Did you know that Apple Products have the ability to lock a user into an app? If you don’t know how to do this and you let your kids play with your iPhone or iPad then this will be life changing for you! For the longest time, I did not know this trick…until my daughter
Many wonderful free eBooks for kids are available to read Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, and cover many topics! NOTE: A lot of free programs sadly run out of funding or manpower quickly. Because of that, a lot of fantastic programs come and go. If you notice that a program
Are y’alls kids getting excited for Shark Week? Here my kids are all about everything and anything Sharks this week, which is presenting the perfect opportunity to fill their environments with fun ways to explore sharks and the ocean away from the TV. This list of the Best Shark Books for Kids is filled with
Last year we made some awesome Scented Chalk Paint which the kids wanted to do again the other day…with chocolate. You see, we have been on a bit of a chocolate sensory play kick around here. After talking it over and trying to decide how to do it, the kids decided that the best way
Teaching the alphabet is a foundational skill for kids to learn in order for them to be able to read and write. For some kids, learning their ABC’s comes easily while for others it is a struggle. Every child learns differently, so what activities help your child gain letter knowledge and other pre-reading skills can
Lately, Mr. Q has been interested in everything ABC. To help engage him in play we have been trying out a variety of different alphabet games. This Alphabet Excavation Sensory Bin has been one of our favorite ABC kids’ games so far! Making this bin did require some planning. This is not a throw together
Earlier this week we got a box of Alphabet Beads for Mr. Q and of course, Mr. Roo wanted them…badly. While these beads made a perfect quiet time box for Q, they were far too small for me to give to my one-year-old. This Alphabet Sensory Bottle was made as a way to let the
It’s no secret that we love reading! Every year in the spring we have a lot of fun raising butterflies. These are books we have discovered over the years that have complemented a butterfly study unit really well. In this list of children’s books about butterflies, you will find both non-fiction and fiction books that
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Giants Are Small and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the biggest hurdles when teaching the arts to children is finding a way to make the classics, such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, relevant to younger kids. This musical storybook app,
This week our yard is finally in full bloom. The kids have been absolutely fascinated with the different types flowers- they all look so different! This Parts of a Flower Cutting Tray was a fun scissor activity to work on my kids’ basic scissor skills while getting some hands-on exploration of flowers. Before delving into
For the longest time, I have been wanting an alphabet construction set for the kids. But, I just haven’t been able to talk myself into spending what these cost…$40 for a toy is just a bit out of my comfort zone. While I haven’t yet figured out how to create a set that would work
For the last week, I have been debating how to do this post. When it comes to Emergent Readers there are 3-4 different levels depending on which Leveled Reading System you are using. For the purpose of this post, I am going to follow this Reading Level Conversion Chart for Guided Reading Levels A-C. I